The Graduate Certificate in Biotechnology is an 18-unit program offered by the College of Medicine and Public Health.
The course articulates with the Graduate Diploma in Biotechnology and the Master of Biotechnology, and the sequentially developed topics allow progression through the three awards. Students who have completed the graduate certificate are awarded credit towards the graduate diploma.
Applicants must normally have completed, with a Credit average or better, an approved bachelor degree in a biological, agricultural or medical science at an approved tertiary institution. However, under certain circumstances and subject to specific conditions, others who can show evidence of fitness for candidature may be admitted.
This is a one semester course that aims to provide life science graduates with the ability to apply their prior knowledge within a biotechnology context. It also aims to be a pathway for students to progress into either the Graduate Diploma in Biotechnology or continue to research training by progressing into the Master of Biotechnology Studies.
It aims to develop graduates who work effectively within team environments and improve their practice through critical reflection and learning. It ensures that students who elect not to complete the Masters degree are not disadvantaged and can gain a postgraduate certificate which can lead to careers in the biotechnology sector that are not research intensive such as sales and marketing, business development or communication.
On successful completion of the course, graduates should be able to:
To qualify for the Graduate Certificate in Biotechnology, a student must complete 18 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, according to the program of study below.
Except with permission of the Biotechnology Examinations Board, no topic may be attempted more than twice.
Except with the permission of the Biotechnology Executive Committee, the program must be completed full-time in one semester or part-time in two consecutive semesters.
18 units selected from:
BIOL8004 DNA to Genome GE (4.5 units)
BIOL8005 Protein to Proteome GE (4.5 units)
BIOL9013 Integrating Molecular Biosciences GE* (4.5 units)
BTEC8002 Molecular Biotechnology (4.5 units)
BTEC8003 Legal, Ethical and Social Aspects of Bioscience GE (4.5 units)
BTEC9006 Professional Skills for Biotechnology (4.5 units)
BTEC8007 Protein Biotechnology (4.5 units)
BTEC9008 Industrial and Pharmaceutical Biotechnology GE (4.5 units)
BTEC9010 Medical Biotechnology GE (4.5 units)
BTEC9011 Plant Science to Food Biotechnology GE (4.5 units)
BTEC9012 Environmental Biotechnology GE (4.5 units)
*Enrolment into this topic requires the permission of the Topic Coordinator.
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